Agent Oriented Design of a Soccer Robot Team

Anne Collinot, Alexis Drogoul, LAFORIA; University Paris VI / CNRS, and Philippe Benhamou, ONERA, France

The multi-agent paradigm is widely used to provide solutions to a variety of organizational problems related to the collective achievement of one or more tasks. All these problems share a common difficulty of design: how to proceed from a global specification of the collective task to the specification of the local behaviors, which are to be provided to the agents? We have defined the Cassiopeia method whose specificity is to articulate the design of a multi-agent system around the notion of organization. This paper reports the use of this method for designing and implementing the organization of a soccer robot team. We show why we chose this application and how we designed it, we discuss its interest and inherent difficulties, in order to clearly express the needs for a design methodology dedicated to DAI.

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